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– Hawaii House Democrats will caucus to discuss a draft of the marriage equality bill and whether to call a special session to take it up.
– Appleton, Wisconsin has adopted housing nondiscrimination protections based on gender identity.
– 20-year-old Stephen Lovegrove was fired from his job as a resident assistant and expelled from Charleston Southern University for openly discussing being gay; the university also cut his financial aid. A petition is calling on the school, which is affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention, to adopt sexual orientation nondiscrimination protections.
– The Southern Baptist Convention has ruled that Southern Baptist military chaplains will be prohibited from even attending a same-sex wedding either on or off base.
– A gay couple in Chihuahua, Mexico has won the right to marry, making it the fourth state in the country to offer marriage equality.
– Yelena Isinbayeva, the Russian pole vaulter who defended the country’s homophobic law, will keep her role as Olympic youth ambassador in spite of her comments.
– What it’s like for gay and lesbian Russian children now that they’re being “protected” from “gay propaganda”? Not good.
– Another mom’s reaction to her son coming out has gone viral.